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Blazers tender qualifying offer to Greg Oden

Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:19 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 8:43 pm
Posted by EOB Staff greg-oden

Update (8:37 p.m.): On Wednesday afternoon, the Portland Trail Blazers confirmed that they have tendered a qualifying offer to Greg Oden.
"We've stood behind Greg Oden every day since he became a Trail Blazer and that continues with today's announcement," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller . "Despite the setbacks he's experienced, he continues to be resilient in working tirelessly on his rehabilitation. We're all very encouraged with not only his progress, but with his commitment and determination to return to the basketball court."
From Yahoo! Sports:
Portland Trail Blazers officials have told Greg Oden’s representatives they will tender the center an $8.8 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Blazers have until midnight ET Thursday to give the qualifying offer.
via Blazers to make qualifying offer to Oden - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

The move isn't surprising, the Blazers have been rumored to be making this decision for months. It does send a signal, however. In doing so, the Blazers are asserting that Oden does not have enough long term injury questions to justify abandoning him to the market. 

Oden has had microfracture surgery... on each of his knees. Think about that. The most severe knee procedure that players have performed on them, and he's had it on both knees. Amar'e Stoudemire is considered an injury risk because of one microfracture surgery five years ago. Chris Paul is questioned without having had said surgery. And Oden has had it on both knees and broke his patella. 

So yeah, buyer beware there.

If Oden does receive an offer from another team, the Blazers will have seven days to match the offer. Usually, a team will frontload a contract to try and force the player's team to not match. But with Oden, they face the quandary of front-loading a contract for a player who is still recovering from injury, versus backloading a contract for a player with injury issues who may not be able to play, no, scratch that, definitely won't be able to play if he has another severe injury.

The Oden Problem is a tough one to figure out.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:05 pm

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I don't think any team is stupid enough to try and inflate Oden's salary given that the league is going to try to drop the hammer on salaries. Who is going to spend over $9 million on a guy who is more likely to break his hip in the preseason than he is to average 20 minutes a night for a full season?

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 6:04 pm

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I love seeing comments saying how the Blazers should of taken Durant over Oden? That's easy to say now, but at the time Oden was the better prospect and in my mind he had a bright future ahead of time if it wasn't for the knee injuries.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:45 pm

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Portland is just a bad luck team. You think they would of learned their lesson passing on Michael Jorgan for Sam Bowie and now passing on   forGreg  Oden. Will they ever learn....

Since: Mar 15, 2010
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:44 pm

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Yeah, what else were the Blazers to do? The drafting of Oden shows how good the Blazers management was/is! Remember Sam Bowie? LOL! I think this rates right up there with that. No wonder why the Blazers haven't won anything in a long time and probably won't win anything for a much longer time!

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:41 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:38 pm

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No win situation for the Blazers. They passed on Kevin Durant for an injury riddled big man that will probably never make it through an entire NBA without a serious injury.

But they have no choice but to try to keep him. They aren't winning anything without him, that's for sure. So, even if there is just a 1% chance that he will be worth the money, you do it!

It will be interesting to see if any other team out there is willing to risk so much on such a bad gamble. If another team tries to drive up the salary just to stick it to the Blazers the Blazers might just call their bluff and stick that team with Oden and his bad contract. The Blazers could then at least try to save face and say that they tried to keep him but were out-bid.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:37 pm

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